September 2017 Ι 2h 3min Ι Guillermo del Toro
Elisa is mute and she has always been in the shadow. When a top secret facility she works at one day brings in a strange creature, Elisa starts doing things she never thought she would. You can say it was love at the first sight.
Fun fact, I actually saw Guillermo del Toro live and he always called himself a muffin. He was really funny though and definitely a special lad. I could really see that this crazy movie came out from his brain. It is a rather interesting and unique movie though, and I could say the same for Guillermo del Toro.
The Shape of Water has its charm with beautiful visuals, fantastic shots and a unique story. The fact that Elisa is mute is so rare to see and that is something that really made her special. I can only imagine how hard it must be to present a character in a certain way when that character can not really speak but the way Guillermo del Toro made this shy but strong character was so interesting to me. I found it quite interesting to see the difference between Richard Strickland and Elisa as well. Notice how small she becomes whenever she is around him. We can clearly see it by how she is pushed to the edge of the frame while he is standing tall in the center of the frame, taking up the space.
I really enjoyed the relationship between Zelda and Elisa too. The fact that they are the complete opposite but they still have one thing in common, they are the underdogs in that world. Speaking of world, the environment and the old style was absolutely stunning. I loved it so much and the way everything was designed was just amazing. Great job Paul D. Austerberry!
The movie is overall unique but it’s almost a bit too odd for me regarding the Amphibian Man and Elisa, and also the ending. It’s not really something I enjoy watching very much, even if I really liked their relationship. Guillermo del Toro’s crazy mind is just not my cup of tea. The only movie that’s been a hit for me is Pacific Rim. Glad he won best picture and director though.
My rating: 6.6/10